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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more


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If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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I have a prednisone pill lodged behind my right tonsil. How do I get it out? I have tonsillitis and I already tried gargling with warm water.

I have a prednisone pill lodged behind my right tonsil. How do I get it out? I have tonsillitis and I already tried gargling with warm water.

Spray: I would get a bulb suction (rubber -- the kind we suck out kids noses with) and fill it with water and try to squirt it at the back tonsil/pill to try to dislodge it with a spray action. ...Read more

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I had tonsillitis about a week ago. But I gargle salt water and got rid of it. But now I feel a tickle at the back of my throat. Could I have it again?

I had tonsillitis about a week ago. But I gargle salt water and got rid of it. But now I feel a tickle at the back of my throat. Could I have it again?

Yes: Morgan - you can get a throat infection more than once, even if you were treated with antibiotics. Most throat infections are viral and can take several days to go away. For bacterial sore throat infections (pharyngitis), antibiotics are very effective but you can get reinfected from a family member or even from using a toothbrush that you used while you were sick. ...Read more

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Is it true that gargling vinegar helps treat tonsilitis?

Is it true that gargling vinegar helps treat tonsilitis?

I won't go for it: Vinegar is diluted acetic acid. The acids can destroy the enamel of teeth, can also cause inflammation as oral mucosa is very soft and sensitive. Go for salt in warm water gargling or otc gargles like Chlorhexidine mouth wash/listerine etc. ...Read more

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What causes tonsillitis?

What causes tonsillitis?

Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is on-going for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured?

Yes: Antibiotics work well for most tonsillitis; for recurrent tonsillitis (several times a year), see your ENT for risk reduction. ...Read more

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Can you die from tonsillitis?

Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. Tonsillitis may be followed by renal and heart disease. ...Read more

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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

Tonsillitis spread: Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess. Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well.
Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys. ...Read more

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How do you catch tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: You can be exposed to someone who has an infection. These infections can be spread by direct contact, coughing or sneezing, or by eating or drinking something that is contaminated. Can also occur if your bodies immune system is weakened and typical mouth bacteria grow out of control. ...Read more

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How long can tonsillitis last?

If viral: Ade essays to a week if you have. Fever get checked for strep throat ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis a serious illness?

Is tonsillitis a serious illness?

Not usually: Our first president (george washington) died from a complication related to surgery for tonsillitis but generally tonsillitis is not serious... Other than causing severe pain. Complications include a peritonsillar abscess and severe swelling which can block your breathing. More importantly the streptococcus organism can produce toxins which can cause heart and kidney damage. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis symptoms: Symptoms can include: throat pain, ear pain (referred from throat pain), swollen tonsils, red tonsils, white patches on tonsils
swollen nodes in upper neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, pain with swallowing, voice change
if symptoms persist or are severe see doctor right away
if any trouble with breathing, go to er. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Fever, pain,: Difficulty with swallowing. If you have pain when opening your mouth, you need to see a doctor right away because it could signify underlying abscess that might require surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What is medicine for tonsillitis?

What is medicine for tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Treatment of tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the inflammation. A doctor will take a history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to determine the cause and recommend a treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done for tonsillitis?

Depends: Tonsillitis can be viral, bacterial and very rarely fungal in origin. If the diagnosis is correct, then the etiology of the inflammation needs to be identified. The treatment follows the specific diagnosis. Viral infections resolve without any treatment. Bacterial infections resolve with the correct antibiotic and if the person has more than 3 or 4 documented episodes, surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How can I heal tonsillitis at home?

Well - you won't: Cure a bacterial tonsillitis at home. Even it is a viral tonsillitis - you are treating the symptoms while you wait for the infection to resolve. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a tonsillitis?

Sore throat: Sore throat, sometimes vomiting, fever, difficulty swallowing, muffled voice

mostly sore throat. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Medicine: Most tonsillitis is caused by a virus so the treatment is to manage the symptoms until the virus gets better. Some is caused by strep or other bacteria and you would need to see a health care provider to tell. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tonsillitis?

How do I know if I have tonsillitis?

Sore, red throat: Sore throat combined with a stuffy nose is almost always a common cold. Sore throat that looks red will generally be strep throat. You may have ulcers or a white coating on your tonsils, that can be present with a virus or bacterial infection. If you're pretty sure it's not a cold, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis Symptoms: Acute tonsillitis, that is less than two weeks' duration, leads to sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and fever. The usually cause is a virus, but bacterial infections may occur, but are much less frequent. Chronic tonsillitis is all of the above, but usually without the fever. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What cures are there for tonsillitis?

Depends on Cause: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor. ...Read more

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In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does. ...Read more

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How much time can I have tonsillitis?

How much time can I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: It usually runs 7-10 days, see PCP to get a throat culture to rule out Strep. You may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How can you actually get tonsillitis?

Inflammation: Tonnsilitis is an inflammation of your tonsils. It may be viral or it may be a strep infection. An evaluation is important to determine if it is strep because strep can be serious if not treated. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis: how can I get this cured?

See your doctor: Your doctor needs to examine you and run some tests to see what's going on. ...Read more